Saturday, September 8, 2012

The Road to Grace

"The Road to Grace" by Richard Paul Evans

Alan lost everything, his wife, his business, his home. So he left and decided to walk from Seattle to Florida. A journey he wouldn't soon forget. A journey of healing and revelation. The people he meets are what makes his journey meaningful. "I may be a closet homebody, but life has taught me that home was never a place. Home was her. The day McKale died, I lost my home." Home is the people we love and the places we live. "I'm looking for hope. Hope that life might still be worth living, and hope for the grace to accept what I must live without." We all need grace to accept those things that we must live without. That may just be what we need the most grace for. "When you have an affair with someone, the affair itself becomes the core of the relationship. The secret of the affair fuels the passion and the excitement. But once it's legitimized, it's just reality like everything else." I thought that was a good explanation of an affair. The excitement of it lies in the secret and when it comes to light all that you have is reality. "As we walk our individual life journeys, we pick up resentments and hurts, which attach themselves to our souls like burrs clinging to a hiker's socks. These stowaways may seem insignificant at first, but, over time, if we do not occasionally stop and shake them free, the accumulation becomes a burden to our souls." If we don't deal with our hurts they just pile on top of each other becoming so heavy. Deal with them as they come, it hurts but so much less then dealing with a pile of hurts. "A man's words say more about a man than his clothes." Who cares what you are wearing, it's your words that make the most impact. "The things we do to others become our world. To the thief, everyone in the world is a thief. To the cheater, everyone is thinking to cheat him." This is how we look at the world, through the eyes of the things that we have done. I want my world to consist of love so that is what I must give. "We chain ourselves to what we do not forgive. Should a Holocaust survivor chain himself forever to Hitler and his crimes? Or should he forgive and be free?" Forgiveness is so much more about us than the person who wronged us. Unforgiveness forever keeps you chained to the person who wronged you. Why would anyone want that? I want to be free of that person and so I must forgive. I've read a few books by this author before and I haven't been disappointed. This was a good read. Gets you thinking. I gathered that this was the third and last book in a series. I didn't read the first two but I wasn't lost reading the last. I wasn't left feeling like I had missed something, although now I would like to read the first two.

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